Introduction and Theme of Welcome:
- Erin, the teaching Pastor at Riverwood, introduces the concept of "throwback Sunday" and relates it to the theme of welcoming.
- He challenges the conventional understanding of 'welcome,' suggesting a deeper, biblical significance.
- Erin invites the congregation to open their Bibles to Romans chapter 15 for an in-depth look.
Shift from Acts to Romans and Focus on Romans 15:
- The sermon shifts from discussing the book of Acts to focusing on a passage in Romans 15.
- Erin explains the decision to postpone returning to Acts, pointing to the upcoming Advent and the pertinence of Romans 15.
- He underlines the significance of this passage for both individual believers and the church as a whole, especially in light of Advent.
Examination of Romans 15:1-7:
- Erin delves into Romans 15:1-7, emphasizing the duty of the strong to support the weak.
- He highlights Jesus as the prime example of selflessness, bearing others' burdens.
- The key verse, Romans 15:7, is spotlighted: “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you.”
- The sermon connects this message of welcome to practical considerations, such as being mindful of others' needs and viewpoints in the community.
Application and Closing Prayer:
- Erin challenges the congregation to extend a welcome to all visitors.
- He acknowledges the challenges of practicing such welcoming in different personal circumstances.
- The sermon concludes with a prayer for the ability to love and welcome others as Christ does, aiming for joy and unity in the church.